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GPS Team

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and

Co-President

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and Co-President

Annette has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health. Annette has spearheaded GPS’s international program bringing GPS’s maternal mental health to program to Guatemala and other Spanish speaking communities.

Betty Doherty

Recovery Support Group Leader

Chris Leonard

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Crystal Gurney

GPS Training Team

Deborah Rodriguez

GPS Training Team

Kelle Kirk

Postpartum Moms Support Group

GPS Training Team

Donnajean (D.J.) Lopez

Recovery Support Group Facilitator

D.J. is a graduate of Harvard University’s National Whole Health Institute and Mind, Body Program. She is an active peer health and stress management specialist and passionately committed to the recovery group.

Khalil Saddiq

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

GPS Training team

Lea Wetzel

Recovery Support Group Facilitator


Khalil Saddiq

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

GPS Training Team

Khalil is a proud Marine Corps veteran and community volunteer, racial equity consultant and development specialist, and a community activist. He is the founder of 901 Consulting specializing in transforming organizational culture through a racial equity lens. Khalil is a co-facilitator for the GPS Black Leaders Group and part of the GPS Training Team.

Linda Flewellen

Business Administrator



Kelle Kirk

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Kelle is a mama, partner, mental health therapist and lifelong learner. Being in a community and facilitating groups is a joie de vivre experience in her life. In her private practice and in GPS circles she hopes to support all of us to “Do Something Different.”

Liz Friedman

Co-Founder and

Co-President

Mandy Breaux

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Marcy Langrock

GPS Training team

Megan Roberts

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Meyleen Velasquez

GPS Training Team

Mia Edidin

GPS Training Team

Michelle Hagues-Fullwood

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Nalley Willis

Program Administrator

GPS Training Team

GPS en Español Lead Trainer


Stella Zine

Recovery Support Group Facilitator

Stella is part of the ex-patient/survivor/consumer movement and was a certified peer specialist at Central State Hospital in Georgia. She was a support group facilitator for survivors of domestic violence, is a  former board member for Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, founding member of Solutions not Punishment Coalition and facilitates racial equity groups for activist and professor Loretta Ross. 

Sara Circelli

GPS Postpartum Moms Support Group facilitator

Sarah Garcia

GPS Training Team

Stella Zine

Recovery Support Group Facilitator

Tessa Smith

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

GPS Training Team

Tyona Ezeilo

GPS Training Team

Valeria Chambers

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and Co-President

Annette has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health. Annette has spearheaded GPS’s international program bringing GPS’s maternal mental health to program to Guatemala and other Spanish speaking communities.

Betty Doherty

Betty is a woman in long-term recovery and has held many positions in the field of recovery in MA since 1998. Betty is currently a Family Recovery Support Specialist with the First Steps Together Program working with moms and dads who have substance dependency on their recovery and parenting journey. Betty enjoys leading GPS Recovery groups for both men and women. She also serves as Board Chair for Self Esteem Boston, a program that helps women feel better about themselves from the inside out.

Chris Leonard

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Chris (she/her) is a skillful process facilitator who brings mindful awareness from her training as a Zen Shiatsu therapist into her work supporting workers and communities impacted by traumatic events and grief. She is based in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

Crystal Gurney

GPS Training Team

Crystal took the GPS Training over 10 years ago, founded Kitsap HOPE Circle to serve perinatal parenting people in Washington state and has led over 700 groups. She is the GPS lead trainer in the ongoing GPS trainings offered by Perinatal Support Washington. She brings her compassion, humor and an innovative art-based approach to running groups to support people and communities in transition.

Crystal Gurney

GPS Training Team

Crystal took the GPS Training over 10 years ago, founded Kitsap HOPE Circle to serve perinatal parenting people in Washington state and has led over 700 groups. She is the GPS lead trainer in the ongoing GPS trainings offered by Perinatal Support Washington. She brings her compassion, humor and an innovative art-based approach to running groups to support people and communities in transition.

Julyvette Vazquez

Recovery Support Group Facilitator

Julyvette is a graduate student with an extensive background in group support and substance use recovery. She will graduate with a Masters in Social Work in 2022. She is passionately committed to creating safe spaces and helping folks navigate their hard emotions.

Linda Flewellen

Administrative Coordinator

Linda brings her passion, attention to detail and strong organizational skills to GPS along with her positive attitude that never stops. She is passionate about her creative, innovative, and organized approach.

Linda Flewellen

Administrative Coordinator

Linda brings her passion, attention to detail and strong organizational skills to GPS along with her positive attitude that never stops. She is passionate about her creative, innovative, and organized approach.

Liz Friedman

Co-Founder and Co-President

Liz sits on the MA Commission on the Status of Women, is on the Advisory Boards of MA PPD Fund and It Takes A Village, and has been involved in successful campaigns to pass Massachusetts’ legislation including PPD, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave, Equitable Disability Insurance and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which she led to passage. As the Founder and former Director of Programming of MotherWoman, she spearheaded the development of the evidence base for GPS Support Groups, developed a public health initiative to ensure that perinatal mothers receive the mental health care they deserve in MA, and in 2010, received the Ted Women’s Award for her outstanding work on behalf of mothers.

Mandy Breaux

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Mandy is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at South Cove Community Health Center providing perinatal care in Mandarin to Asian women.

Megan Roberts

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Megan is a maternal health advocate, peer support specialist, and writer who works with Postpartum Support International. She is passionately committed to her work with parenting families and her own personal growth.

Megan Roberts

Postpartum Moms Support Group

Megan is a maternal health advocate, peer support specialist, and writer who works with Postpartum Support International. She is passionately committed to her work with parenting families and her own personal growth.

Meyleen Valasquez

GPS Training Team

Meyleen Velasquez is an immigrant Latinx psychotherapist specializing in perinatal and infant mental health. She is a social work doctoral student researching anti-racist and anti-oppressive mental health services. Her practice supports women and clinicians working from an anti-oppressive framework. Meyleen identified as a Brown person for most of her life until several years ago when Vitiligo changed how she navigates the world.

Mia Edidin


Michelle Hagues-Fullwood

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Nalley Willis

Program Administrator

GPS Training Team

GPS en Español Lead Trainer

Nallely is an educator and peer counselor who is passionate about Latina/x perinatal health. As the Program Director at Heartsounds, she works with low-income moms to provide doula, lactation, and prenatal support at no-cost. She has led GPS Postpartum Mothers groups in Spanish for many years, serving primarily immigrant, refugee and undocumented women living precariously on the border between AZ and Mexico. Nallely is a member of the GPS Training Team, as well as lead trainer of GPS en Espanol. 

Sarah Garcia

GPS Training Team

Sarah works at a high school as a social worker and has brought GPS to her work with teen parents and is implementing a school-wide GPS program. Sarah’s areas of focus are homeless, foster, at-risk, youth of color and teen moms, as well as trauma-based yoga.

Sarah Garcia

GPS Training Team

Sarah works at a high school as a social worker and has brought GPS to her work with teen parents and is implementing a school-wide GPS program. Sarah’s areas of focus are homeless, foster, at-risk, youth of color and teen moms, as well as trauma-based yoga.

Stella Zine

Recovery Support Group Facilitator

Stella is part of the ex-patient/survivor/consumer movement and was a certified peer specialist at Central State Hospital in Georgia. She was a support group facilitator for survivors of domestic violence, is a  former board member for Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, founding member of Solutions not Punishment Coalition and facilitates racial equity groups for activist and professor Loretta Ross. 

Tessa Smith

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

GPS Training Team

Tessa is a community partner committed to health and racial equity, who works for the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency in Woodland, California. Tessa holds positions at the state, regional, and local levels and is passionately committed to advocating for the rights and safety of Black Men. Most recently, Tessa has partnered with Loretta Ross in ending White Supremacy and addressing the calling out culture.

Tyona Ezeilo

GPS Training Team

Tyona is a master’s level social worker who utilizes a compassionate, trauma informed, solutions focused, systems approach. She is a certified trainer for the Brazelton Institute. Tyona works with groups and parents to encourage healthy relationships, compassion, empathy, and self care.

Valeria Chambers

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Using her lived experience as a Certified Peer Specialist in mental health recovery, Valeria works as a Peer Consultant at the Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systemic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital and at the Health Equity Research Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance. She is the founder and lead organizer of Blacks Voices: Pathways4Recovery, a state-wide advocacy and leadership support network for Blacks and African Americans.